Microsoft Tries to Quell European Complaints

European antitrust regulators said Wednesday that they had tentatively accepted Microsoft’s concessions to settle two antitrust cases, which the company said left both organizations free to focus on the next generation of technology giants, including Google.The European Union competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, said at a briefing Wednesday that concessions made by Microsoft to give European computer users a choice of Web browsers appeared to address many antitrust concerns. She said another case against the company could be settled this year. see:EU Hopes to Conclude Microsoft Case Before Year End
The European Union signaled it would accept a settlement proposal outlined this summer by Microsoft Corp. that would end the bloc’s pursuit of antitrust charges over the Internet Explorer Web browser, drawing the software giant closer to resolving nearly a decade of tussles with the regulator.The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said Wednesday that it will “market test” the proposal, under which Windows users in Europe would get a “ballot screen” allowing them to choose a browser other than Internet Explorer.

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